Homelessness is an issue which is a concern for many people. It may take the form of rough sleeping or be a more hidden form of homelessness such as “sofa surfing.”

A number of organisations work in partnership in Leighton-Linslade to offer help and support to those in need.  These include:

Leighton-Linslade Homeless Service – runs the Black Horse night shelter, which is open from 5:30pm until 8:00am (Weds 7:30pm until 8:00am) and also offers a lunchtime drop-in on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The Black Horse is also a pick-up point for food parcels. Through LLHS, people can access medical care, outreach workers and specialist advice to help set them on a pathway towards independence

Salvation Army, Lammas Walk – lunchtime drop in on Mondays, pick-up point for food parcels

Hockliffe Street Baptist Church – open door cafe Tuesdays 10:30am – 1:30pm

Sacred Heart Church, Beaudesert – lunchtime drop in on Fridays

Duncombe Drive Day Centre – lunchtime drop in on Sundays

If you would like further information or to offer help, please contact these organisations directly.

Food donations may be given at local supermarkets to support the homeless, through the above organisations.

Although Leighton-Linslade Town Council has no statutory responsibility for homelessness, we work closely in partnership with  other local organisations and support a number of initiatives through grant funding.

For further information on services and how to help, click the links below.

Central Bedfordshire Council

You can refer a rough sleeper to Central Bedfordshire Council by contacting them on 0300 300 4370 if you, or someone you know, is sleeping rough or at risk of sleeping rough in the Central Bedfordshire area. Lines are open 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Thursday, and 8:30am to 4pm on Friday

Leighton-Linslade Homeless Service

Black Horse Night Shelter, 21 North Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1EQ
01525 381129 or 07842 122429 Email: info@llhsblackhorse.org.uk

Leighton-Linslade Homeless Service aims to provide safe shelter to people needing night time accommodation. It’s aim is to offer sustainable support, to encourage the individual to overcome problems which surround homelessness.

StreetLink

StreetLink is a service which aims to help end rough sleeping by enabling members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them. If you are concerned about someone over the age of 18 that you have seen sleeping rough in England or Wales, you can use the StreetLink website to send an alert to StreetLink. The details you provide are sent to the local authority or outreach service for the area in which you have seen the person, to help them find the individual and connect them to support.

Useful Contacts

Advice

Citizens Advice Bureau: 01525 373878
Central Bedfordshire Council: 0300 300 8301; 0300 300 8307

Housing Support

Kilgour Court, Bassett Road – Supported Housing: 01525 375518; 0300 300 8000
Central Bedfordshire Council: Housing Options Advice number: 0300 300 4370

Support

Pathway 2 Recovery: 01582 501780; 01525 638301
Crombie House Community Mental Health Team: 01525 751133
Samaritans: 01582 720666; 116 123 (UK)
Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 9177 650 (national helpline)
Narcotics Anonymous: 0300 999 1212 (UK helpline)